Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


5-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jan. 05, 2024
These chocolate peanut butter balls (no bake!) are always popular at my church's annual Christmas fundraiser. They resemble chestnuts or buckeyes—hence the name. —Merry Kay Opitz, Elkhorn, Wisconsin


  • 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2/3 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, peanut butter and butter until smooth. Shape into 1-in. balls; set aside.
  2. Microwave chocolate chips and shortening on high until melted; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet; refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm. Cover and store in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Leave a bit of chocolate-free space on each piece for an authentic buckeye look!
  • Check out more iconic recipes from Ohio.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 127 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.